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Boonah is set in the picturesque Fassifern Valley, surrounded by hills. Once noted as a 'beautiful vale' by 19th-century explorers, a little expedition in the surrounding region will reveal the beauty and ruggedness of the area. West of town is Main Range National Park, part of the Scenic Rim.

Visitor Information

20 Boonah–Fassifern Rd; (07) 5463 2233

Nearby national parks

  • Moogerah Peaks National Park

    This small national park includes a number of isolated mountain peaks such as Mount French (579 metres), Mount Edwards (632 metres), Mount...more

  • Mount Barney National Park

    As one of the state’s largest areas of pristine vegetation, World Heritage-listed Mount Barney National Park on the...more

  • Main Range National Park

    Stretching for 55 kilometres along the Great Dividing Range, World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park forms the western part of a...more

Nearby towns

  • Beaudesert

    Beaudesert lies in the valley of the Logan River, in the Gold Coast hinterland. The town was built up around the homestead of Edward Hawkins...more

  • Ipswich

    Ipswich is Queensland's oldest provincial city. It was first settled in 1827 on the banks of the Bremer River which burst its banks in...more

  • Laidley

    Located west of Brisbane in the Lockyer Valley, the township of Laidley boasts classic Queensland architecture. A landscape dominated by...more

In Town

Cultural Centre: incorporates regional art gallery; open Mon–Fri, gallery open Wed–Sun; High St.

Art and Soul: local art and photography; Walter St.

Gliding and ultralight tours: flights over the Scenic Rim; details from visitor centre.


Main Range National Park A World Heritage–listed park of rugged mountains and landscapes with spectacular lookouts. There are walks starting at the Cunninghams Gap and Spicers Gap campsites. See the varied birdlife, including the satin bowerbird, on the 8.4 km return Box Forest track. Access park from Cunningham Hwy; (07) 4666 1133; 40 km W. In the south of the park is Queen Mary Falls; see Killarney.

Templin: has historical museum chronicling the history of the area; 5 km NW.

Kalbar: historic German town with magnificent buildings including the heritage-listed Wiss Emporium; 10 km NW.

Moogerah Peaks National Park: excellent for birdwatching, and with lookouts over the Fassifern Valley. The Frog Buttress at Mt French is one of the best rock-climbing sites in Queensland; contact EPA on 1300 130 372 for more information; 12 km W.

Lakes Maroon and Moogerah: ideal for camping and watersports; 20 km S and SW.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Tamborine Mountain Distillery 50 km

There is a multitude of chemical-free schnapps, gins and vodkas to try here, many of which come from the fruits grown on the farm. Try lemon myrtle vodka, the multifaceted choc’n’chili liqueur, forest... Find out more

Mount Coot-tha Forest 64 km

The largest natural area in Brisbane, this 1500 hectares of open eucalypt forest holds more than 18 kilometres of walking tracks, 12 kilometres of mountain-biking tracks and a further 31 kilometres of multi-use tracks.... Find out more

Rock climbing around Brisbane 67 km

Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point is perhaps the friendliest city rock-climbing spot in the country, with views over the Brisbane River, a range of climbs for absolute beginners and upwards, and established anchor points... Find out more

Cycling and mountain-biking around Brisbane 67 km

Brisbane has a growing network of great cycling trails and some excellent rides for tourists – a five-to-20-kilometre ride along the shores of the Brisbane River comes highly recommended. There is also a great ride... Find out more

Westlander 68 km

Take the overnight train ride from Brisbane to Charleville or Quilpie, travelling over the Great Dividing Range and through some of Queensland’s rich farming areas.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Brookwater Golf & Country Club 43 km

Brookwater opened to considerable fanfare in 2002, with many observers quick to draw comparisons with Augusta National, venerable home of the US Masters. The varied terrain, inventive bunkering and undulating putting... Find out more

The Grand Golf Club 62 km

Think of the Gold Coast and flashing images spring to mind: beaches, theme parks, high-rise apartments, hordes of tourists. The Gold Coast hinterland has none of these, and could be thousands of miles away. The... Find out more

The Links, Hope Island 67 km

When Hope Island opened for play in 1993 it was a unique addition to Australia’s golfing landscape. Here was a links-style layout seemingly uprooted from Scotland and transplanted on to the sunny northern... Find out more

The Glades Golf & Spa 68 km

Ask Greg Norman’s former chief designer Bob Harrison to name one course that makes him feel proud when he sees the final result, and chances are he’ll say The Glades. Upon joining the Gold Coast golfing... Find out more

Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club (Pines course) 69 km

Sanctuary Cove’s Pines layout, designed by Arnold Palmer, has reigned for more than two decades as one of the Gold Coast’s best courses. At various stages during that time it has also ranked among the... Find out more

Lakelands Golf Club 69 km

As a player, Jack Nicklaus was a regular visitor to Australia for more than two decades. He won six Australian Opens and inspired a generation of young Australians to take up golf. When his playing career began... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Mondo Organics, West End 65 km

Australia’s first organic restaurant when it opened in 2000, Mondo Organics serves a range of organic meats, including beef, chicken, duck and lamb, and the fish is chosen for the sustainability of the catch. The... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Mt Tamborine Brewery 52 km

One of Queensland’s more ambitious craft-brewing operations is at Mount Tamborine, in the Gold Coast hinterland. The 24-hectolitre microbrewery is the original plant used by the Bluetongue Brewery in Newcastle and... Find out more

Foster's Group (Yatala Brewery) 61 km

This brewery site, located at Yatala, midway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, was established by the Power Brewing Company, which launched Powers Bitter in 1988. Four years later a joint venture between Powers and... Find out more

Castlemaine Perkins (Fourex) Brewery 67 km

The pages of Australian brewing history are littered with take-overs and acquisitions, and while Castlemaine Perkins sounds like a merger, it was, in reality, yet another buy-out. As the name suggests, the Castlemaine... Find out more

Campsites around town

Boonah Showground camping area

The showground is a top spot for powered sites, only a 3 min walk from Boonah town centre. There’s a camp kitchen and laundry facilities, but BYO firewood. The showground provides excellent access to the... Find out more

Frog Buttress camping area (walk-in camping) 6 km

This small campground in Moogerah Peaks, suitable for walk-in camping only, is located 11 km west of Boonah on Mt French Rd, signposted 1 km south of Boonah off the Boonah–Rathdowney Rd. Bring your own firewood.... Find out more

Yarramalong Camping and Outdoor Recreation Centre 11 km

There’s no shortage of space for comfortable camping at this 65 ha property, with 2 campgrounds: The Main and The Island. Both have private fireplaces (bring your own wood) and shady trees. There are 8 hot showers... Find out more

The Gorge camping reserve 12 km

Camp by the water at this campground on Reynolds Creek, a fantastic swimming spot near Lake Moogerah. It is 3 km south of Aratula on Gorge Rd, off Charlwood Rd from the Cunningham Hwy. You need to bring your own firewood... Find out more

Lake Moogerah Caravan Park 14 km

On the shores of Lake Moogerah, this large caravan park is packed with top-grade facilities for a comfortable stay in the region. There’s a kiosk, 2 boat ramps, laundry, campfire pits, 2 amenities blocks, cabins... Find out more

Pointro camping area 22 km

A 1 min walk from the water’s edge of Maroon Dam, Pointro is a mown site with plenty of clear spaces and a few gum trees if you prefer shade. The dam is popular for fishing and watersports. You’ll need to... Find out more

Waterfall Creek Reserve camping area 23 km

On the edge of Mt Barney National Park, this very basic campsite with no facilities is suitable for self-sufficient campers and experienced bushwalkers. You’ll find it on Waterfall Creek Rd, 35 km south of Boonah... Find out more

Bigriggen Park camping area 24 km

There’s plenty of room to sprawl on this 40 ha ground known for its peaceful surroundings and proximity to national parks. Wildlife is aplenty here: tree frogs, possums, wallabies and, if you’re lucky, maybe... Find out more

Flanagan Reserve camping area 25 km

The natural bush setting makes this one of the most peaceful family-oriented spots in the Scenic Rim. The Logan River offers fantastic bass and mullet fishing, there’s an assortment of wildlife (turtles, lorikeets,... Find out more

Spicers Gap camping area (walk-in camping) 26 km

Spicers Gap is a small walk-in campground on the eastern side of the gap, with good walking trails nearby. A maximum of 50 campers is allowed, but there’s the freedom of setting up anywhere in the mown area. Boil... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Lake Moogerah Caravan Park 14 km

In a picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Moogerah, nestled among the rugged peaks of the Scenic Rim, the park is 9 km south of Aratula along a sealed road. The lake is a popular destination for waterskiers.... Find out more

Brisbane Gateway Resort 62 km

This is a good quality park with easy access to all the major highways, including the Pacific Motorway, and is 16 km from the city centre. The good facilities include a resortstyle pool and tennis court. Bookings are... Find out more

Brisbane Holiday Village 62 km

Easily accessed from the Pacific Highway (Mt Gravatt exit), this large, quality park is on the south side of the city. Facilities include minigolf, a tennis court, convenience store, cafe and lovely grassy sites. For the... Find out more

Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park 63 km

This is a larger park adjoining the M1, almost opposite Movieworld, and very close to Dreamworld. The park has undergone a redevelopment in recent times and is the only quality dog-friendly park east of the Pacific... Find out more

Rose City Caravan Park 66 km

Located on the northern outskirts of town, this is a smaller, good quality, dog-friendly park. It is ideally located for an overnight stay but would be very comfortable for a longer period.... Find out more

Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park 70 km

The closest caravan park to Brisbane’s city centre, this older park has good basic facilities. With the city less than 4 km away, it is particularly popular with campers and backpackers.... Find out more

Kahler’s Oasis Caravan Park 70 km

Located on the south side of town, this is a spacious park with good amenities best suited to the touring caravans and motorhomes passing through the area.... Find out more

NRMA Treasure Island Resort & Holiday Park 70 km

This is a good quality park recently acquired by the NRMA. It has a licensed family bistro and a range of great facilities including a resort-style pool, spas, tennis courts and minigolf. The park is a short stroll from... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Stark House B&B

Built by German settlers in 1908, this beautiful home filled with antiques and period furnishings is only five minutes from Boonah. It has three ensuite guest rooms suitable for couples, all with queen beds, there is a... Find out more

Wiss House B&B

This heritage-listed home built in 1900 has four guest rooms. Order ahead and you can dine beneath the crystal chandelier in the ornate banquet room, with a chef on hand to prepare a three-course meal. The house sits in... Find out more

Zengarra Country House

This is the place for classical music lovers and romantics, with a grand piano and a concert marimba in the music pavilion, and candlelit five-course dinners served. Owner Christine Leah is a classical music teacher, and... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Destiny Boonah 7 km

Set on 80 hectares of Land for Wildlife property, this self-contained three-bedroom cottage is solar- and wind-powered. You are encouraged to bring a mountain bike or go bushwalking on the property, which is located near... Find out more

The Mouses House, Springbrook 63 km

Set in a beautiful rainforest at more than 800 metres above sea level, this luxury resort has 11 self-contained chalets, hot tub, sauna, tennis court and bikes, a sensible environmental policy and eco-accreditation. It... Find out more

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat 67 km

Located near Murwillumbah and surrounded on three sides by World Heritage–listed national parks, this secluded couples-only resort on the Queensland border has minimal-impact, self-contained bungalows and cabins.... Find out more

Brisbane Marriott Hotel 69 km

By no means the greenest accommodation in this book, the Marriott still deserves inclusion as one of the better options in large hotels. It gained the Green Globe Benchmarked Bronze status and is AAA-rated for its water-... Find out more

What's on around town

Country market: Springleigh Park; 2nd and 4th Sat each month.

Rodeo: Apr.

Country Show: May.

SPAR Arts Festival: Sept.

Orchid Show: Oct.

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